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If you aren’t sitting down to a Christmas meal on Tuesday, odds are you’re looking for a decent bowl of noodles or General Tso’s for when the movie lets out. We’ve got more than 60 of the area’s best Chinese, Indian and Thai restaurants on this list, but here are eight from across the area that are particularly good and confirmed open on Christmas. You would be wise to call ahead, however, as many of the area’s open restaurants will be jammed. For some liquid entertainment, Eater DC has a list of bars open on Christmas Day.
100 Degree C Chinese Cuisine: Hunan specialties like hot and sour chicken headline a menuof more than 200 items.
A&J: One of the best dim sum destinations in the area is renowned for its pickled cabbage, smoked chicken, shredded pork and mustard greens.
Curry Mantra: You can’t dine at Rasika on Christmas, but Curry Mantra comes close to hitting the same high notes. Regulars have even taken to calling owner Asad Sheikh “the little Ashok Bajaj.”
Great Wall Szechuan House: D.C.’s best Chinese will literally numb your taste buds with ma la goodness.
Hollywood East:You’ll want to linger over the Chinese food and dim sum that passes through the popular Wheaton institution.
The specialty here is hot pot, a communal vessel of bubbling broth, fresh meat and vegetables.
Masala Art: The problem with Masala Art, Post food critic Tom Sietsema wrote in 2010, is that too much is so good, you can’t stop eating it.
Nava Thai: This Wheaton restaurant’s Thai food is worthy of Bangkok’s frenzied night markets.